The gaming console industry has been seeing a lot of exciting stuff, hasn’t it? Back then we’ve heard rumors about the PS4 Pro, and the rumors turned out to be true. Then Microsoft responded by launching the Xbox S One with its light 4K capabilities. But now the company is upping the ante with their next gen Project Scorpio.
“Fanboys are already printing t-shirts for the Profect Scorio system.” – Hawaii T-Shirt Printing
So what exactly do we know about this product? Here are a few tidbits, straight from Microsoft:
- The CPU capabilities are impressive. Here you get 8 custom x86 cores at 2.3GHz. That’s a major upgrade from the Xbox One’s 8 custom Jaguar cores at 1.75GHz. It even beats the PS4 Pro with its 8 Jaguar cores at 2.1GHz.
- It’s basically like putting a $200 AMD graphics card into a gaming console. That’s because it has 40 Radeon compute units at 1172MHz. That’s comparable to a Radeon RX 480 with its 36 Radeon Polaris compute units ranging from 1120 to 1266MHz.
It’s obviously much better than what you get with the Xbox One, with its mere 12 Radeon compute units at 853MHz. It even beats the PS4 Pro, as it only has 36 Radeon compute units at 911MHz.
- The memory boost is excellent as well. Since the Project Scorpio is designed to offer 4K gameplay, it will need massive amounts of RAM. That’s what you get as it has 12GB GDDR5.
The older Xbox One only has 8GBDDR3 with 32MB of faster ESRAM. Even the PS4 Pro only has 8 GDDR5.
- You get better performance with old games. It doesn’t matter if your old Xbox One games have been updated for Project Scorpio. They will still run, and you’ll see better performance.
You also get a formidable lineup of games to choose from that have been designed for Scorpio. These include Forza Motorsport 7, Call of Duty, Madden, and FIFA. Word has it that you’ll also be able to play Red Dead Redemption 2, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Battlefront 2, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3.
- You can play 4K Blu-ray discs. It’s not just for gaming either. If you have a 4K TV, then you will maximize the visuals by playing 4K Blu-ray discs. Scorpio can certainly do that, and it’s able to do so in fantastic high-dynamic range.
- It’s great even if you don’t have a 4K TV yet. If your TV is still only 1080p, it’s still ok. You can have Scorpio render everything in UHD, and then downscale the graphics to 1080p. That’ll give you just about the sharpest 1080p gaming visuals you’ve ever seen.
- It supports VR too. Microsoft isn’t really developing its own VR headset, though it will partner with either HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
- Coming Soon. It’s slated for release at the end of the year, so it’ll be a popular Christmas present (to one’s self, probably).
- It’ll be expensive. It should cost about $600 to $800.
- The Sony response. That’s actually something we don’t know yet, as they’ve just recently launched the PS4 Pro. But Sony may take up the Project Scorpio challenge with an even better gaming console, and that’ll certainly make things exciting for console gamers everywhere!